GOD'S CHILD—that means something!

A friend once caught me by surprise saying to me, "You're a child of God. Act like it!" It was irritating at first, but the more I have tried to think and act like God's beloved child, the more I find self-worth, confidence, health, and the freedom to make positive contributions with my life.

Most people I meet agree that we are children of God. But often they perceive of that concept as one of those warm, fuzzy ideas that feels good for the moment but has little lasting impact on our sense of vulnerability and capability, or on how we think about ourselves and the choices we make. I've decided I can no longer afford to take the idea of being a child of God lightly. Jesus thought it was important enough to make this point at the very beginning of the Lord's Prayer in the two monumental words "Our Father." That's an acknowledgment of our primary relationship with God, who is Spirit, and it establishes not only where we originate, but also that our original makeup is spiritual.

December 5, 2005

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